"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment." And the second is like it. "Love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:37-40

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

We began the week conducting our first Code Blue evacuation drill. I'm happy to say that if we had a real emergency our faculty, staff and students know exactly what to do. 

Please be sure to read important notice about Powerschool. All users of Powerschool MUST be logged out by 5:00 pm today in order for a diocesan upgrade to take place. Please make sure your apps on your cell phone are logged out of Powerschool as well as tablets or computers. Your cooperation is absolutely necessary in this matter.

We have just completed our first week of the new lunch program. The food looks healthy and plentiful. Second options will be in place very soon. I ask for your patience as we begin this new venture.

Today all students wore blue in their support against Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying and the Buddy Bench. 

All students attended a brief ceremony at 1:00 on Friday, September 29 to bless the Buddy Bench donated by the Tighe and Gilfillan family. The purpose of the Buddy Bench is to have a place for our students to go when they are feeling alone. When another student sees them there, they are to go and offer comfort by inviting that student to particpate in games with other students at recess, or just talk to one another. Fr. Marc led the school in prayer and blessed the bench. Thank you Tighe and Gilfillan families.

Our Grade 8 students attended a mass at Pope John said by Bishop Seratelli and were given a tour of the new facilities as Bishop Seratelli blessed the facilities.

There is a Grade 8 Paint Night fundraiser tonight from 7:00 - 9:00pm. Signs that are painted will read "Bless This Home."

Beginning Monday, October 2 and for the remainder of the month, St. Therese School will be reciting a decade of the rosary. October is the designated Month of the Rosary. Please pray the rosary at home as well. Our Mother Mary has promised us many graces through this powerful prayer.

Next Wednesday, October 4 we will honor our patron saint, St. Therese, the Little Flower. We will have a prayer service scheduled and a Walk-a-thon to follow.

Next Friday, October 6 school will be closed for Teacher Professional Development. School will also be closed on October 9 for Columbus Day.

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Today is first day of Fall, but thank God the summer weather is still here!

It was great to see such a great turnout for annual Back to School Night last night. Once again, I want to welcome our new families to the St. Therese School Community and our returning families as well. Special thanks to the Matt Wines, the members of the HSA and the parent volunteers who do so much behind the scenes for our wonderful school. Also, we are blessed to have a pastor who cares so much about Catholic education. He is a blessing to the St. Therese parish and the school.

I hope you are impressed as I am with the direction St. Therese is heading and I hope that you were apprised of your sons and daughters curriculum and expectations when you met with their teachers. We have an outstanding faculty who work extremely hard to ensure the success of each individual child. That is what makes St. Therese School so special. Our teachers love and care for your children and they go the extra mile. I feel blessed to have such dedicated people on our faculty.

Our annual calendar raffle has been sent out. Special thanks to Ms. Suzanne Hopkins for running this fundraiser. We ask that you help us sell these calendar raffles and return them as soon as you can. The HSA Calendar Raffle will be drawn from January 8 - April 17, 2018. This is a 100-day raffle to benefit our St. Therese Home and School Association. Each purchased ticket has 100 chances to win $25.00 - $500.00 a total of $7,000.00 in cash prizes, based on the calendar. It's a great gift for Holiday Stocking Stuffers, Employee Gifts, Teacher Gifts, or Family Fun. Please email suzanne@stthereseroxbury.org if you would like to purchase tickets.

One week from today, Friday, September 29 all students will be wearing blue in support of anti-bullying. Bullying is something we take very seriously at St. Therese and we have zero tolerance for it. Next week as all students wear blue shirts, we will have a small ceremony and a dedication of of a Buddy Bench that was donated by the Gilfillan and Sagi families. Fr. Marc will bless the bench, and throughout the day we will talk about ways to prevent bullying. There are many types of bullying and they are addressed in the updated student parent handbook. Please make sure you read the handbook and sign the acknowledgement page on the last page.

Also, on Friday September 29 we will have our first Project Graduation Paint Night Fundraiser from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Parents can buy painted signs that say "Bless This Home." Who doesn't need a sign asking God to bless our home.

Finally, keep the Signorelli family in your prayers. Early in the week Deacon Anthony Signorelli was born in to eternal life after serving as a deacon for many years in the St. Therese Parish. Wake services will be held at St. Therese Church from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. A funeral mass will take place at 11:00 am at St. Therese Church. May he rest in peace.

I wish everyone a blessed weekend! Enjoy the summer weather while it lasts.

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear,though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.Psalm46:1-3

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

As the school year has begun much of the south from Texas to Florida and beyond have been hit with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. It's going to take a great humanitarian effort to rebuild, but we rebuild. Also, let us not forget the victims of the earthquake in Oaxacata, Mexico. It was the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in decades. Let's keep all of them in our thoughts and prayers.

We have just completed our first full week of school and you can see the change in St. Therese School. Students in grades 2-8 are equipped with their chromebooks and learning in a way that seems to be more exciting and interesting to them.

We have a facility team in place and we are in the process of prioritizing the needs of our facility. Mr. Walter Hill is now our facilities manager, and we are pleased to have someone on board with his expertise along with Mr. Horatio D'Amore, Mr. Stewart Mabb, Mr. Myles Joyce and Mr. Matt Wines.

This past Monday, on September 11, students and faculty participated in a special prayer service honoring the victims and first responders of 911. It was quite an emotional service.

On Tuesday, September 12 I met with all of the lunch and room parents to go over specifics. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers who are able to sacrifice their time to assist at the St. Therese School. Please know that your efforts do not go unnoticed.

All STEM schools had a meeting at the diocese on Wednesday, September 13. The diocese is asking all STEM schools to participate in a STEM Symposium on May 15 at Caldwell College to showcase some of the STEM activities that are taking place in our schools.

At my principals' meeting on Thursday, September 14, enrollment and marketing were topics of discussion. Parents, you are our best marketers. When you are in the public please inform the people in your community about the great things that are taking shape at St. Therese.

Tonight, Friday, September 15 is our Annual Family Night Ice Cream Social. Hope you can stop by for some free ice cream.

On Saturday September 16, St. Therese will have a booth at Horseshoe Lake for the Pubtoberfest. Students who show up wearing something with a St. Therese insignia will receive a NUT card on Tuesday morning.

On Monday, September 18 our K-2 teachers will be attending a Math curriculum meeting at the diocese to review new math curriculum.

All Catholic schools across the country have been asked to donate $1.00 to help the Catholic diocesan schools that have been devastated in Texas by Hurricane Harvey. All money raised across the country will go to Catholic schools in Texas. We will have a dress down day on Tuesday, September 19 for those victims.

I will be at the diocese all day on Wednesday, September 20 for a diocesan principals' meeting.

Back to School Night will take place at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 21. Mrs. Cardinale, Grade 8 teacher, and myself will meet with Grade 8 parents at 6:00 pm and music parents will meet at 6:30 pm.

Finally, we will have individual Picture Day Friday, September 22. Grade 8 students will have pictures taken in caps and gowns. Those getting class rings will also be measured for their ring.

I hope everyone has blessed weekend! As we enjoy the summer weather this weekend let's keep in mind those who are not as blessed as we are; especially those recovering from the hurricanes and the earthquake in Mexico.

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you." John 14:26

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Our first week has come and gone. I have been very impressed with the way our year has started. I am very excited about the this school year. We have improved the building aesthetically thanks to the many parent and faculty volunteers and Bernie Coll, Candy Coll and Walter Hill. Thank you folks!! The building looks amazing!!!

Much thanks to Vince Esterly for conducting chromebook training for parents, faculty and students. Our students are on their way 21st century and digital learning.

Our pre-k and kindergarten orientation was well attended and we look forward to working with those parents to meet the needs of their sons and daughters as they progress throughout the year. Thank you for attending.

Thank you Father Marc for celebrating our Back to School Mass. St. Therese School is very blessed to have a pastor who cares so much about our school and catholic education.

On Monday, September 11 we will be commemorating the victims of 911 with a special prayer service during our morning assembly.

On Tuesday, Septemeber 12 at 9:30 am I would like to meet with all room and lunch parents. Then I am off to Morris Catholic for a liturgical meeting at 11:00 am.

On Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 pm there will be an Executive HSA Meeting in main faculty room.

On Friday, September 15 Officer Phil will be here for an assembly for all K-4 students. The assembly will take place in the gym.

Also, on Friday, September 15 our Annual Ice Cream Social will take place from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

Back to School Night will take place on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 pm. Musical Adventure parents will meet with Mr. Mallinson at 6:30 pm. I look forward to seeing all of our parents on Back to School Night.

On September 22, Grades k-7 will have their pictures taken in school, and Grade 8 students will get their pictures with taken with their caps and gowns. Grade 8 students will also be measured for rings.

Parents, thank you for all you do and thank you for sending your children to the St. Therese School. It really is a special place that brings people closer to God.

Finally, let's keep the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma in our prayers as well as the people of Mexico who are beginning to recover from a massive earthquake. Please pray! God hears us.

Have a Blessed Weekend,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"Train up a child in the way he/she should go, Even when they are old they will not depart from it."

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Ready or not school opens up for students on Tuesday, September 5. We are looking forward to our students who are coming back, and of course our new arrivals. We had our first HSA Executive Board Meeting on Thursday, August 24 and we have some new faces on the HSA this year: Mrs. Amy Levy, Mrs. Kim Mydosh, Mrs. Christine Hinson and Mr. Brian Sanford. Returning HSA members are Mrs. Carol Joyce, Rick Johnson and our new HSA president, Mr. Matt Wines. Our first regular HSA Meeting will be on Back to School Night Thursday, September 21.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Bernie and Candy Coll, Jack Simone, Walter Hill and the many parent volunteers; especially Myles and Carol Joyce, Cherese Rambaldi, Suzanne Hopkins, and Matt Wines, who sacrificed and gave up their time to improve the physical appearance of our wonderful school that we call St.Therese. Also, many thanks to the faculty members who were able to come in over the summer and lend their skills for the benefit of our school. It is greatly appreciated!!

Please don't forget that there is mandatory google chromebook training for parents, and students on Tuesday, August 29, Wednesday, August 30, Thursday, August 31, and Tuesday, September 5 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Parents, know that we are pleased to have you as partners in education. As the year progress, and you become more informed, we encourage you to communicate with your teachers and myself who can be of great assistance in regards to our programs, curriculum and activities.

One of my goals is to see that students, parents and guardians of students, all feel at home at St. Therese. To accomplish that I will put information out almost weekly on my blog about upcoming events, activities, programs and accomplishments of our students and faculty.

Please make sure you read the student/parent handbook. It gives you a good idea of the expectations we have at the St. Therese School for our students and parents. I look forward to seeing everyone on September 5th.

Enjoy the rest of what is left of the summer break.

God bless
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

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